by Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The city of Philadelphia kicked off its yearly free tree program on Monday as a part of an endeavor to spruce up yards around the region.READ MORE: Pottstown House Explosion Leaves 5 People Killed, 2 Others Injured: Officials
Philly Parks and Recreation is giving out more than 1500 trees in an effort to beautify neighborhoods and help improve the city’s carbon footprint.
“We’re trying to increase the canopy cover in the city of Philadelphia, because trees provide shade, they clean our air, they capture storm water, and they provide so many benefits,” said Erica Smith Fichman with Philly Parks and Rec.READ MORE: Radnor High School Dismisses Students After Going On Lockdown Due To Bomb Threat
She says for the last five years, the program has put more than 17,000 trees in yards across the city, with the goal of making sure each Philadelphia neighborhood has at least 30% tree canopy coverage.
“We will have 12 different trees for people to choose from. They can get a free tree to plant in their yards and really take ownership over the urban canopy here in the city and the urban forest,” said Fichman.
Registration to get a free tree runs until March 27th, and they’ll be given away in April.MORE NEWS: 300 Elementary School Students Participate In Annual Wildwood Ceremony Unlocking Summer Season
To find out how to get yours visit treephilly.org.